Online Design Explorations: Digital Photography & Video (Pre-College)
This hands-on design course introduces students to the art and craft of visual storytelling through digital photography and video to express their creative visions and unique points of view. Students meet online daily with Parsons faculty and an international cohort of peers for real-time creative and technical design instruction, project design development guidance, and group and individual critiques. Live instruction is supplemented with digitally archived project support and reference resources. This exploratory design course incorporates structured away time from the computer in which students investigate world events, social issues, and personal experiences and interests as a springboard for design inspiration, direction, and production. Students learn the fundamentals of primary and secondary design research, image archiving and observational writing, principles of art and design in photography and time-based mediums, documentary and fine art styles, creative and technical image editing and manipulation, design and curation of images to convey original visual narratives, and the creation of analog and digital visual presentations. Digital tools, including the Adobe Creative Cloud, are introduced. The three-week experience includes guest speakers from industry and virtual field trips. From the start of the course students keep an online design process journal and complete a series of exploratory photo and video essays based on their original research and concepts to be presented in a final design presentation in the medium and format of their choice: online and/or print art publications, gallery book, curated exhibit space, website, short film, etc. Students must have a DSLR digital camera.